Nature Scavenger Hunt

Don’t you just love getting outside? But sometimes it can be tough to get kids outdoors despite the beautiful weather. So I’ve put together a fun nature scavenger hunt printable to get those kids excited about exploring outdoors.

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And for older kids, here’s a more extensive printable for a nature scavenger hunt.

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Mo Willems Activities, Crafts and Author Spotlight

If you have kids, you’re going to want to check out these Mo Willems activities and crafts!

Some authors create such a wonderful mass of work they deserve their own special post. This week, I’m spotlighting Mo Willems, who has infused humor kids love with an artistic simplicity that seems deceptively easy in his books.

Mo Willems just gets what makes kids giggle, laugh and get engaged. He doesn’t rely on extravagant artwork but rather uses his characters in such a targeted way that they carry the story without any additional fanfare. You can find Mo Willems books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.

Mo Willems Activities, Crafts and Author Spotlight.

Mo Willems Spotlight: Crafts, Activities & Books Round-Up!

We first discovered Mo Willems not through his wildly popular pigeon series (Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus) but rather through his daughter’s beloved Knuffle Bunny, where Trixie loses her stuffed animal at the laundromat but can’t talk yet so she can’t tell her dad. We happened to get the book along with the Audio CD, which is top notch. As my son turned five, we latched on to Elephant and Piggie, who are part of an ongoing series for Mo Willems and now he is reading the series on his own!

To see all of Mo Willem’s books, visit his Amazon Author Page.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale: Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy’s in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you’ve never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler’s temper tantrum.

A Big Guy Took My Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book): Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too…but is he big enough to help his best friend?

Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald has a big decision to make. But will he make it in time? Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a funny story about the challenges of doing the right thing. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will eagerly eat it up!

BRAND NEW BOOK: The Pigeon Needs a Bath! The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon’s not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It’s going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.

Mo Willems Crafts and Activities

Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late! Handprint Painting | Juggling with Kids

Knuffle Bunny in the Dryer Paper Plate Craft | Frogs to Fairy Dust

Toilet Paper Roll Pigeon Craft | This and That at the Library

Paper Plate Elephant Craft | DLTK’s Crafts for Kids

Pigeon Paper Hats | Diary of a First Grade Teacher

Ice Cream (Shaving Cream) Sharing Sensory Activity | Connecting Family & Seoul

Edible Pigeon with Rice Cakes | Creative Fun Mom

I Broke My Trunk Noisemaker | Thrive After Three

Learning to Draw with Mo Willems | The Educators’ Spin On It

Outdoor Nest Building | Mommy and Me Bookclub

Snake Sock Puppet | The Good Long Road

Knuffle Bunny Cupcakes | Jones Journal

Playdough Monsters | School Time Snippets

Construction Paper Pigeon | First Grader… At Last

Knuffle Bunny Washing Machine Craft | Thrive After Three

Birdseed Sensory Bin | Mom’s Tot School

DIY Pigeon T-Shirt | All This For Them

Squeeze Painting Hot Dog Craft | No Time for Flash Cards

Elephant and Piggie Paper Bag Hand Puppets | Three Little Birds

Naked Mole Rat Play Dough | Coffee Cups and Crayons

DIY Piggie’s Toy | Play Dr. Mom

Find more great reading book lists on The Jenny Evolution!

About Mo Willems

A three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, Mo Willems has also won two Geisel Medals for There is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside? And his books are perennial New York Times bestsellers. Before he turned to children’s books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.

No-Prep Valentine Worksheets and Activities

Want to add some fun to your classroom routine? These Valentine worksheets and activities are perfect for the class party, school work or occupational therapy addition!

No-Prep Valentine Worksheets and Activities for Kids - Perfect for Classroom, School Party or School Occupational Therapy | Mommy Evolution

No-Prep Valentine Worksheets and Activities

Valentine's Day Themed I Spy Games for Kids

Valentine I-Spy Games for Kids: Each I spy game included in this pack has two pages: one with the game sheet and one with a page to record the answers.

Valentine’s Day Sensory Motor Packet: Practice fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual activities with this NO PREP, fun, Valentine themed packet.  This is an excellent activity packet for in class activities, therapy sessions, Valentine’s Day parties, carry over activities, brain breaks, early finishers and indoor recess.

Valentine’s Day Sensory Motor Packet: Practice fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual activities with this NO PREP, fun, Valentine themed packet.  This is an excellent activity packet for in class activities, therapy sessions, Valentine’s Day parties, carry over activities, brain breaks, early finishers and indoor recess.

Brain Breaks for Valentine’s Day:

Brain Breaks for Valentine’s Day: Includes 30 Valentine/Love themed Brain Breaks, 5 brain break spinners, Roll Some Valentine Brain Breaks and Calm Down poem.

Valentine's Day Word Search for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade.

Valentine’s Day Word Search: Kids will love working on their word recognition with this fun Valentine’s Day word search puzzle.

Valentine's Day Multisensory Handwriting Activities

Valentine’s Day Multisensory Handwriting Activities: Multisensory handwriting worksheets that include movement, scissor skills, gluing, “rainbow” writing and handwriting practice.

Valentine's Day Print and Create Fine Motor Projects

Valentine’s Day Print and Create Fine Motor Projects: 12 fine motor projects to complete with a Valentine’s Day theme!

Valentine Visual Perceptual Puzzles: 12 visual motor, visual spatial, visual closure and visual perceptual challenges with a Valentine/love theme.

Ultimate Valentine's Day Round-Up! Recipes, DIY Crafts and Kid Activities

No More Boring Family Game Nights

Don’t think you can stomach Candyland one more time? Try these inventive fun games that will kick boring family game nights to the curb!

Before I became a parent, I had visions of enjoying quality family time with my kiddos. We would all get comfy around the game board and quietly play a wonderful game. Then reality hit! I don’t think I can play Candyland one more time!!!

No More Boring Family Game Nights

No More Boring Family Game Nights

Not Parent Approved: A Card Game for Kids, Families and Mischief Makers: Inspired by Cards Against Humanity but for kids. 100% family-friendly! Winner of Scholastic’s Gold Star Toy Award! A hilarious word game of fill-in-the blanks designed to reintroduce a love of tabletop games for a screen-obsessed generation. Attention-grabbing. Easy-to-learn. Quick, simple play.

Exploding Kittens Card Game:

Beat The Parents Board Game: Beat the Parents brings kids together with their parents to go head-to-head in a fun-filled family trivia game. Prove who’s the boss in the game where the adults answer questions about kids’ stuff, and the kids answer questions their parents should really know. The first team to get both movers across the board to the other side’s start spaces wins the game!

Trick Question: The Clever Game of Quick Wit—Served with a Twist!: The party game where things never mean quite what they seem! Every question has a trick up its sleeve, and it’s a race to outsmart your friends. Will you grab the US! Totem and solve the riddle yourself, or reach for the THEM! Totem and put the other team in the hot seat? Packed with 400 brainteasers that will keep everyone guessing (and laughing), Trick Question is the next hit board game for clever people!

Games for All Reasons Finish Lines: Designed for two to six players, Talicor Games for All Reasons Finish Lines is about famous sayings. In this game, kids need to use skills to fill in and finish some of the popular quotes from history, literature, film and more. This game is entertaining as it combines learning with fun. The first player to win all line tiles and finish the line bar wins it.

Scary Bingo: Fun with Monsters and Crazy Creatures: Play bingo with a menacing mummy, a bowler-hat wearing yeti, a multi-eyed monster, and many more creepy creatures in this fun and inventive take on the classic game… if you dare. Easy to play and full of strange and colorful characters, Scary Bingo will engage and delight children for hours. It can be played with 3–7 people, making it the perfect game for families in need of spookily good entertainment.

Word Slam (The Fast-Paced Word-Based Guessing Game) Game: In Word Slam, two teams each have a storyteller. The two storytellers are given the same answer term. Playing at the same time, they must give clues to their teams so the teams can correctly guess the answer. And they must do this quickly, because they are racing the timer and each other. But it’s not that easy. Speaking and acting is absolutely forbidden for the storytellers! They must tell their stories using only 105 cards, each with one word on it- a noun, verb, adjective, or preposition. It’s like charades, but instead of acting, you can only communicate with word cards!

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game: This award-winning ‘teetering, wobbling, shifting, tipping, unbalanced, balance game’ is a must-have for family game night! Take turns hanging the notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces from the tabletop stand. With each added piece, the balance shifts and the sculpture transforms. But watch out! One wrong move could send it all crashing down! Suited for 1-4 players, this game is guaranteed to appeal to kids and grownups alike!

Kwizniac: Kwizniac, The Trivia Countdown Game, is a take-anywhere, twist on trivia games designed to test your knowledge. The object of Kwizniac is to accumulate as many points as possible by correctly answering trivia questions with as few clues as possible. Unlike most trivia games that give you a single question about a subject, each Kwizniac clue card has a set of 10 clues in decreasing order of difficulty. The more clues it takes to answer the question, the less points you receive. Kwizniac offers a more enjoyable trivia experience where you’ll always get the answer eventually.

5 Second Rule: It should be easy to name 3 breeds of dogs—but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting down, and with the other players staring at you, waiting for you to get flustered? Time’s not on your side, so just say what comes to mind and risk ridiculous answers slipping out as time twirls down on the unique twisted timer! It’s all in good fun with this fast-paced game where you have to Just Spit it Out!

Oh Snap! Board Game: Oh Snap! is a family board game of dueling decision-making that requires the hunger of a lion and the hands of a ninja brain surgeon! Make enough right choices and you will be crowned the snap grand master. Make the wrong moves and SNAP! the board will speak – and the board makes no apologies! To play, pull back the snapping bar and place all of the discs on one side. Release the tension on the bar and let it slide into place. Then, take turns removing one disc at a time. If you remove a disc without the bar snapping forward, you can keep the disc and points are added to your score. However, remove a disc as the bar snaps forward and you must discard the disc and lose points.

Listography: The Game: May the Best List Win! A new twist on the bestselling Listography journal series (over a million copies sold!), this game invites players to create and share lists based on fun and thought-provoking topics –from geography and pop culture to toothpaste and constellations! With the goal of being the first around the game board, players score points according to the number of similar or unique answers. Every round in the game results in creative thinking, surprise outcomes, and lots of laughs. Small and compact for travel and to take to dinner parties!

Inspiration Play Double Ditto Family Party Board GameCreative Child Magazine: GAME OF THE YEAR Award 2016! Pick a card, read it out loud, and then quickly write down 2 answers you think other players will also write. Laugh or cry as you discover whether you were able to match any answers with other players. Find out whose mind is in sync with yours. It may not be who you expect!

Reverse Charades Board Game: Award winning Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic game of charades. Instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, a team acts out clues for one person, so now everyone is in on the fun! In 60 seconds, teams attempt to guess as many words or phrases as they can. The team with the most correct guesses wins. Reverse Charades is perfect for family fun, parties or team building.

Love these fun ideas to stop boring family game nights? Try these other fun family activities!

No-Prep New Years Worksheets and Activities

Looking for some easy and fun educational New Years worksheets and activities. These no-prep activities can be fun to do in the classroom, during a holiday party or downtime at home.

I’m most looking forward to doing the Growth Mindset kit with my boys over the holiday break! This post contains affiliate links.

No-Prep New Years Worksheets and Activities

New Years Worksheets and Activities

Growth Mindset New Year Kit Worksheets

Growth Mindset New Year Kit: This set of 15 printable worksheets is designed to help your child set their new year up for success! Growth mindset prompts will guide them to reflect on 2017 and plan their 2018. This kit provides unique and engaging growth mindset activities for children right before or during their holiday break.

New Years Around the World Digital Lapbook: Ever wondered how New Years is celebrated in other countries? Use this hands-on tool to explore this celebration around the world. Create booklets to place inside the lapbook folders, and improve retention of the information. Includes a Study Guide that can be used for teaching the topic. This product can stand alone or be used as a supplement to any other curriculum. Depending on the maturity level of the child and the parent/teacher involvement, this product could be used with all grade levels.

New Year's Eve Word Search Worksheet

New Year’s Eve Word Search: Give students a FUN, New Year Word Search! Contains 18 New Year’s Eve related words and answer key.

New Year's Eve NYC/NYE ball craft for kids

New Year’s Eve NYC/NYE ball: This fun paper activity is easy to make AND make a great impact! It makes numbers fun and kids can ring in the new year with their own “crystal ball”. Use crystals, sequins, or even glitter to embellish and make it sparkle. All you will need are scissors, hole-puncher, yarn (optional) and brads/paper fasteners. These types of activities involve fine motor skills when cutting, hole-punching, tying the string.

New Year's Activity Book and worksheets

New Year’s Activity Book: New Years is a great time to let the kids have some fun while learning about this interesting holiday. This workbook includes lots of educational activities and creative coloring pages for hours of enjoyment.

New Year Music Color-by-Note Coloring Pages

New Year Music Color-by-Note: This is a color-by-note page for music teachers and subs, to help us ease into January after the Winter Break for 2018! There are 3 designs in several different formats including matching notes to their names (US and British terminology), treble, bass, alto clef notes, and dynamics.

New Years Word Search Worksheet

New Years Word Search: New Years Word Search: This also doubles as a coloring sheet!. The solution to the puzzle is included.

New Year's Resolutions Mini-Lapbook

New Year’s Resolutions Mini-Lapbook: Have you ever made New Year’s Resolutions?  Resolutions are things that we decide, or resolve, that we are going to do.  Many people feel that the beginning of a new year is a good time to set some new goals and improve upon the last year. Students may resolve to get better grades or to try something new. Think about some resolutions you would like to make for the upcoming year, and keep track of them in this Lapbook. At the end of the year, you may look back and see how you’ve done!

New Year's Eve crafts Times Square NYE ball drop countdown

New Year’s Eve Crafts – Times Square NYE Ball Drop Countdown: Countdown to the New Year with this fun to make – and fun to celebrate – craft. Kids can make their own New Year’s Eve ball and have fun with their own drop just like the New York Times Square ball drop! Use crystals, sequins, or even glitter to embellish and make it sparkle. All you will need are scissors, glue, rubber band, and dowel/chopstick.

Punny Cards for the New Year

Punny Cards for the New Year: New Year’s Cards for Students and Coworkers! Punny Cards for The New Year are perfect to give students after returning from the Holiday break! They are a great pick me up as everyone is headed back to school after having time off. A perfect way to wish a happy new year to your students and team members! Just print out the cards nd attach them to the related item to the card! You can also use the cards by themselves as well.

New Years Songs & Quotes Copywork Notebook

New Years Songs & Quotes Copywork Notebook: Analyze the beauty of the words to the most notable New Years song, “Auld Lang Syne,” copy famous quotes and more. Includes wider lines with dashes for younger writers.

New Year's Resolutions Writing Craftivity

New Year’s Resolutions Writing Craftivity: Help your kids and students understand the importance of goal setting with this fun and engaging New Year’s Rsolutions Writing Craftivity. Teach your students about New Year’s Resolutions and then help them set their own goals for the new year. This packet includes everything you need to help your writers brainstorm and plan, write and then display their final writing with an eye-catching display craft.

New Year Coloring Pages Printable

New Year Coloring Pages: A set of 6 different New Year coloring pages featuring a 2018 coloring page, a firework coloring page, a Happy New Year coloring page, a lucky pig coloring page, a New Year mandala coloring page and a Year of the Dog coloring page.

Finished up your New Years worksheets and ready to create a new tradition? Try these delicious New Years Cakes!